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Fireman to run in memory of mum

PUBLISHED: 14:54 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2010

CARING: Firefighter Neil Martin with son Elliott, two.

CARING: Firefighter Neil Martin with son Elliott, two.

A FIREFIGHTER is running a marathon for a cancer charity in memory of his mother.

A FIREFIGHTER is running a marathon for a cancer charity in memory of his mother.

Erith fire station crew member Neil Martin, of Wentworth Drive, Dartford, is training for the 26-mile London Marathon held in April next year.

His mum Margaret died of a brain tumour in 1997 when he was aged just 23.

Now 35, the father of two boys, Harrison, six and Elliott, two, has decided to aim for a target of £2,000 for cancer charity Children with Leukaemia.

He said: "When I see children suffering with leukaemia, often putting on a brave smile, it breaks your heart.

"If someone in your family has cancer it is hard living with the fact that they are ill, but it has a massive effect on the rest of the family too.

"You don't know what the future holds, it's the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen to them.

"My mum had epilepsy for a long time then she developed cancer. She had an operation on a brain tumour but when it came back they said they couldn't operate on the cancer again.

"It's devastating for everyone, so many families are affected by cancer of one form or another, whether they be adults or children.

"But it's especially heart wrenching when it affects children because they are so young. That's why I want to raise money for Children with Leukaemia."

The charity supports families through welfare programmes and campaigns on their behalf. It relies on public donations to fund research into the causes of leukaemia, a cancer of the blood, and treatments for the condition.

Celebrities who have helped raise money for the kids' charity include BBC's Strictly Come Dancing host, Bruce Forsyth, as well as TV personalities Ant and Dec, Cube game show host Phillip Schofield and chat show host Jonathan Ross.

To contribute to Mr Martin's cause visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilMartin


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